KU Select Journals business model

Since 2017 journals are also offered as part of the KU Select program, complementing the book collections. Journals unlatched via the program are published as Full Open Access. This means that neither the authors nor their respective institutions pay any article processing charges (APC) or submission fees, as these get financed in advance by participating institutions through the Knowledge Unlatched business model.

Unlatched journals will be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Find out more about the unlatching process of KU Select Journals here. 

Supporting institutions may pledge for both KU Select 2018 Journal Collections or for the HSS or STEM collections separately. All journals are made available for a 3-year-period and the institutions that pledge for the journal collections are granted backfile access for all journals in the collection(s).

Since any researcher may publish Open Access and APC-free in these journals, a seamless process for authors can be assured, and APC-handling is eliminated. 

For the 2018 Journal Collections KU has developed a different cost model, which provides a more accurate representation of the publishers' expenses. Furthermore we are developing an ongoing plan for the prospective financing of the KU Select Journal Collections beyond 2020 in cooperation with participating libraries and publishers.

KU Select 2017 Journals

In 2017 KU unlatched a journal collection for the 2018 - 2020 period containing 16 HSS titles, details of which may be found here.

KU Select 2018 HSS and STEM Journal Collections

In 2018 institutions can pledge for 9 journal titles: 3 in the HSS collection and 6 in the STEM collection. All journals will be made available Open Access for the 2019 - 2021 period.

The HSS collection contains 2 Subscription/Hybrid Journals (which will then be flipped to Full Open Access and APC-free) and 1 Open Access Journal (which will additionally be free of any APCs or submission fees). The STEM collection contains 5 Subscription/Hybrid Journals and 1 Open Access Journal (5/6 with an Impact Factor). 

For more information about the KU Select 2018 Journals and the current pledging rates, please visit http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/ku-select-2018-journals/. 

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